It’s an easy 22.3 miles up Hwy. 55 or about a 30 minute ride if you’d prefer to travel by power boat. Either way, once you arrive, you’ll want to make some time to walk around and explore the rich cultural heritage embedded in every block of the central business district.
Cedar Grove Cemetery
If you’re into photography and history then the Cedar Grove Cemetery is a must see location. There are plenty of notable people buried here and it’s also home to a Confederate memorial. The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
It’s name stems from the beautiful Cedar Trees that dominate the south entrance near the corner of George and Queen Streets. The Spanish Moss that dangles from their branches and the stunning coquina perimeter wall will have you feeling like you’re in the deep South.
Shops in Downtown New Bern
When you explore downtown New Bern you won’t find loads of empty buildings, chain retailers or drab professional offices. What you’ll find is a nice mix of local businesses selling quality products ranging from vintage clothes to stand up paddle boards and modern bicycles.
Food and Drinks in Downtown New Bern
There’s no shortage of fine places to eat in downtown New Bern. The availability of fresh local seafood means you’re guaranteed to find a meal that was swimming in the water the day before. If your palate fancies some good ole southern fixins then check out the Chicken & Waffles at the Baker’s Kitchen. Or if you just want a cold beer and a great burger then stop in to the Chelsea.
Take it Outside
New Bern is surrounded by water and rural roads are just a stones throw away from downtown. If you’re into fishing and paddling sports then you’ll have no problems finding something to do.
Bring your bike and catch a group ride with Atomic Cycles Cycling Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during daylight savings time. Bring your wallet because its standard operating procedure to rehydrate at the Chelsea with the coldest beer in town!
Stand Up Outfitters can point you to one of the several places near downtown to launch a kayak or SUP. Or just visit their location near Lawson Creek Park and launch from there.
Theatrical Performances in the Grecian spirit
The Athens theatre opened in 1911 and underwent major renovations in 1981 with additions being added as recently as 2016. What you see from the exterior is indicative of the amazing performances you’ll see inside.
Note: The theatre is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. There is a grand reopening scheduled for May but please check with the theatre before making plans.
A Drink or Dessert with a Neuse River View
It’s been a full day for you visiting New Bern, NC. Before you make the easy drive back to Arlington Place why not have a drink or dessert and soak in the view over the Neuse River?
Persimmons restaurant is a favorite for visitors and with a view like this one we can understand why! If you’d like to learn more about what to do on a day trip to New Bern check out VisitNewBern.com for a thorough detailing of all the resources available in the area.